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Erin Mazursky
Erin Mazursky is the Founder and Executive Director of Rhize, a new venture that is re-designing and the function and experience of democracy towards more participatory, just and flourishing communities through the innovation of collective action. Erin brings over a decade of experience in movement-building, technology, human rights and advocacy to her work, having worked with social and political movements around the world, including in Turkey, India, and Albania.

Before starting Rhize, Erin worked at Purpose, a social enterprise that incubates and launches global social movements. There, Erin helped to lead some of Purpose’s biggest projects, most notably with the American Civil Liberties Union and CARE International, which integrated movement-building, technology and citizen advocacy to increase the social impact. Prior to this, Erin worked for President Obama’s 2008 election campaign and went on to serve as the Youth Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she helped author the first global policy on youth development and made youth a central part of the Agency’s broader development efforts.

Erin began her career as a youth advocate herself as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of STAND, a leading organization in the anti-genocide advocacy movement that became one of the largest student organizations in the country, with over 800 high school and college chapters nationwide, and continued her anti-genocide work as the Coalition Manager and Board Member of the Save Darfur Coalition. Erin served on the 2008 Presidential Inaugural Committee after having worked on President Obama’s general election campaign in Florida. Erin is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a 2010 Fellow at the New Leaders Council, an Aspen Ideas Festival Fellow, a fellow at the Impact Center’s Women’s Executive Leadership Program and a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.

Entries by Erin Mazursky

The Aftermath of Hong Kong Protests: How We Can Do More Than Just Stand Around

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Over the past couple of weeks, courageous ordinary citizens of Hong Kong are creating a whirlwind of momentum towards staking their claim for a more democratic Chinese society, finally getting another moment in the spotlight nearly 25 years after Tiananmen. Uncertainty rings through the streets of Hong Kong as authorities...

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Let There Be Light: Clean Energy Innovation at Home Supports Stability Abroad

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 11:26 AM

Last week, President Obama traveled to Newton, Iowa to visit TPI Composites, a provider of, among other things, wind energy composites. He spoke on the importance of renewing the Production Tax Credit (PTC), which provides important tax credits supporting American-made clean energy manufacturing across the country. These credits not only...

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Today's Elections in Albania and the Role of Youth

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2009 | 4:15 PM

During my first week in Albania, Sajmir, a dedicated volunteer said to me, "I have the energy of a 14-year-old, the tenacity of a twenty-five-year old, and I think like an 80-year-old." His words struck me because I understood his sentiment all too well. It is a sentiment shared by...

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In the Case of the Beijing Olympic Games, China Falls Short of Even the Bronze Medal

(5) Comments | Posted November 28, 2007 | 9:44 AM

The timing of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is crucial for China because of significant political issues at play, issues that the spirit of the Games mask, and ones that the international community cannot ignore. China is an unsportsmanlike player--from its poor labor standards to its economic and often...

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Has History Not Taught Us Anything?

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2007 | 1:51 PM

As the majority of Americans now believe, the war in Iraq started under false pretenses and continues for largely the wrong reasons. But, this does not mean ending the war means a simple fix. We now have the culpability to repair the society that would otherwise be left in shambles....

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